Frequently asked questions

What is Dermatix®?

Dermatix® is the advanced topical Silicone Gel, used to help prevent scars in freshly healed wounds and also reduce prominent immature scars. It is used and recommended by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and leading specialists worldwide to effectively treat and repair scars resulting from surgery, burns and other injuries. Regular use of Dermatix® Silicone Sheet Clear or Dermatix® Silicone Sheet Fabric can minimise existing hypertrophic scars and keloids. Dermatix® Silicone Sheet may be used to aid in the prevention of hypertrophic scars and keloids.

Where can I purchase Dermatix®?

Dermatix® is available from your doctor on prescription (normal prescription charges apply unless exempt). Dermatix® is also available from pharmacies (including selected Boots stores) or directly online.

For which types of scars is Dermatix® suitable?

Dermatix® visibly improves established and new scars on the face and body, including hypertrophic, and keloid scars.

Can I use Dermatix® to help avoid scars?

If the skin has been ruptured you cannot avoid a scar, but you can make it less visible. You must only start Dermatix® when the wound has completely healed.

What will Dermatix® do to improve my scars?

Silicone products, like Dermatix® can significantly reduce the visibility of your scar. Evidence found that silicone gel sheeting improves scar elasticity and reduces redness. Evidence also suggests that silicone gel is effective in softening and reducing scars, reducing redness, and improving symptoms of pain and itching. [1]

How long will I need to use Dermatix® before I can see a difference in my scar?

An early benefit of Dermatix® is usually seen within 4–5 weeks of usage, you will notice an improvement in the level of itching and discomfort of the scar, but generally a significant improvement in appearance will not be seen until a minimum of 2 months of continuous use. Dermatix® will not work overnight.

How long should I use Dermatix® for?

Studies have shown that silicone works most effectively if it is in constant contact with the scar – so be sure to use the gel morning and night as part of your daily routine, or use the sheets for up to 23 hours a day, for a minimum of two months. Further benefits may result from extended use.

Will Dermatix® eventually remove my scar?

It is not possible to make a scar “invisible”. Dermatix® will however, markedly improve the appearance of most established and new scars.

Are there any side-effects?

Very rarely Dermatix® can cause redness, pain and irritation.

Are there any precautions?

Dermatix® is for external use only and should not be applied to open or fresh wounds, placed in contact with mucous membranes or too close to the eyes. Dermatix® should not be applied over antibiotic skin preparations or other skin treatments or products. For a full list of precautions click here.

Can I use Dermatix®on established scars?


Can Dermatix® be used on children?

Yes. Dermatix® Gel is recommended for use in children. No data on the use of Dermatix Sheets in children is available.

What are the advantages of Dermatix®?

Dermatix® is effective, clinically tested and proven, convenient, painless and can be used on all skin types as well as on and around joints and bony areas.

How else can I take care of my scar?

Scars, especially fresh ones, should not be exposed to extremes of temperature (intense sunshine, sunbeds, saunas and extreme cold). Tight clothing should also be avoided in case it irritates or injures the scar tissue. Care should be taken during stretching and strengthening exercises because the skin, which has already been damaged, will be extremely sensitive.


1. Mustoe TA. Aesth Plast Surg 2008 32:82-92


a. Data derived from Dermatix Gel.

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